Post Match Report
We started at 9am with a match style out of the bag draw. The competitors then made their way to the pegs to get ready for baiting and marking at 11am and the 12 noon start. It only took about an hour for the first fish to grace the scales which was very welcome as we had the guys filming the event to be shown on BT sport on the 22nd October. This was quickly followed by more fish and by midnight Friday we had 11 fish shared between 6 pairs.
On Saturday morning a proper match was starting to develop with Richie Collins and Kevin Locke, in peg 4, taking a commanding lead with 8 fish for a combined weight of 180lb 11oz. Darren Pearse and Levi Letchford in peg 2 were their closest challengers at this point but they were almost 110lb behind. We now had 8 pairs with fish on the scoreboard. By Saturday night the leaders in peg 4 had only landed 2 more fish, while the boys in peg 2 were now catching up with over 175lb. Other pegs were also registering fish. Adam Goodwin fishing with Wayne Higgins had landed a huge personal best mirror of over 38lbs 8oz and they too were moving up the leader board. Martin Howe fishing on his own as regular partner Lee Marshall was away on a family holiday, also banked a pb mirror of 34lb 12oz and he too was steadily moving up the places.
Sunday morning was very busy right up to the end and saw various positions change after every fish caught. At first light peg 4 were leading with peg 2 second, third were Andy Goodall and Liam Atkins in peg 10 and close behind were pegs 7 and 8. Out of nowhere Jaye Carpmail and Simon Bury went on a charge and added 5 fish in the last few hours over taking the others and giving them third place. Their last fish was less than 30 minutes before the hooter. It was a really hard fought match with lots of toing and froing right up to the end.
We put 57 fish on the scales for a total weight of almost 1100lbs which gave us an average weight slightly shy of 20lb per fish. The biggest fish was a 38lb 9oz mirror caught by Adam Goodwin on Saturday afternoon, which was a pb. As well were 2 other 30+lbers caught and they were also pb’s for their captures.
Our 2017 British Carp Cup Champions are Richie Collins and Kevin Locke who received trophies, £2,500 in prize money, a set of personalised Reuben Heaton Scales each and bait vouchers from Cheshire Particle.
Runners up were Darren Pearse and Levi Letchford who received trophies and vouchers from Cheshire Particle and Fosters of Birmingham.
3rd place were Jaye Carpmail and Simon Bury who also received trophies and vouchers from Cheshire Particle and Fosters of Birmingham.
Wayne Higgins – Adam Goodwin 38lb 9oz
Liam Atkins – Andy Goodall 18lb 10oz
Jason Trought 17lb 4oz – Darren Wilcox 20lb 12oz
Martin Howe 34lb 12oz – Ashley Taylor (Runner) 20lb 12oz
Peter Hale – Cliff Baker 22lb 14oz
Rob Burgess 17lb 8oz
Scott Dowse 18lb 7oz – Steve Blow
Jaye Carpmail 13lb 7oz – Simon Bury 17lb 5oz
Levi Letchford – Darren Pearse 29lb 5oz
Kevin Locke 31lb 14lb – Richie Collins 26lb 11oz
3rd place Jaye Carpmail and Simon Bury
2nd place Levi Letchford and Darren Pearse
Winners Kevin Locke and Richie Collins